December 6, 2010
This year has pretty much knocked me off my feet. Over the past twelve months my life has changed in such remarkable ways that it’s hard to remember what things were like at this time last December. There was a new relationship, a graduation from college and my first big-girl apartment. Falling in love while trying to figure out just what it was that I hoped to do with my life. No one really prepares you for how difficult it is, coming into your own after college. There were flowers – too many to count – and kisses, too. Plenty of laughs, a few tears, my first camping trip and a phone call letting me know I had landed my first full-time job.Ā 
And if all those things weren’t enough, this weekend was the capstone on a year I will never forget, because the love of my life whisked me off my feet with a surprise trip to NYC. There were letters, four in total, that took me from one surprise to the next, each more wonderful than the one before. And at the end of the scavenger hunt was the best surprise of all.Ā 
There, in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center, the man I love more than anything in the world got down on one knee and said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. How I got so lucky, I’ll never know. I am blessed beyond anything that I deserve. I wish I had words to express what I’m feeling, but for now I don’t. Perhaps in the future I will. One thing is for certain: this has been one heck of a year.

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  • Reply Lauren at KeepItSweet December 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    yay congrats!!! what a great way to propose, so romantic:-) you both look so happy!!

  • Reply The Blue-Eyed Bakers December 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    YAY!! That's such a fabulous story! So happy for you!

  • Reply E December 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    How exciting and adorable! Congrats!

  • Reply Bonnie December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Those pictures are so adorable! Congrats! Get ready, married life is seriously the BEST!!

  • Reply Taylor Renee December 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh!! Congratulations!!!!! Such a gorgeous ring and a lovely couple!

  • Reply netekay December 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Congratulations! What a great proposal! Best of luck to both of you!!!!

  • Reply Helena December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm


  • Reply Lindsey @ DownwardFacingFoodie December 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    How sweet! Tears! Congratulations – what a wonderful Christmas gift! šŸ™‚

  • Reply freshwithaubergine December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Congrats!!! The ring is gorgeous!! That is such a magical spot for him to propose!

  • Reply Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess December 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    What wonderful news! Many congrats!!


  • Reply husbandwifemodernlife December 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Congratulations, dear! The ring is beautiful – and so is the happy couple! How very exciting – you know I'm partial to a proposal by a big Christmas tree šŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kate Smith December 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    congratulations, madison and joey! what a beautiful engagement story–you'll have fun telling it for years to come!

    and–I know this is beside the point–but I'm also loving your nails! they're perfect for showing off new bling šŸ˜‰


  • Reply Janet December 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    how beautiful! congratulations!

  • Reply alana (at) the food December 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

    those are such beautiful candid pics! congrats!

  • Reply Ms. H December 7, 2010 at 1:19 am

    YAY!! Congratulations!! I have to go with Alana and comment on the candid pics. You'll love having those around for the rest of your lives–they're absolutely radiant =)

  • Reply Michelle December 7, 2010 at 1:28 am


  • Reply Patricia December 7, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Congratulations! Your story was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes. Best wishes for a wonderful future.

  • Reply jamela224 December 7, 2010 at 2:03 am

    congrats what a year!

  • Reply Mr.Brian December 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I heard about this in the nursing home in Orange City Iowa today.From your future mother in law.Congrats to you both.

  • Reply Karla December 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Oh my goodness–LOVE this post!! You two look SO joyful in the pictures. I am so happy for you, Madison. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Reply Tricia @ Saving room for dessert December 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful photos – such an emotional story told frame by frame! Very nice.

  • Reply Jenn December 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Congratulations! I just started reading your blog about a month ago, but I am so excited for you both! I love the pictures, you'll definitely be happy you have those forever. Married life is awesome and you'll enjoy it so much šŸ™‚

  • Reply Anne Living Life December 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations! Love the pictures!

  • Reply Emily @ The Front Burner December 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I am so happy for you! Love that someone was there to capture it for you (and also love your nails.) šŸ™‚

  • Reply Romance In A Glance December 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Hey there! I came across your blog and your pictures stole my attention! Congrats on your engagement…very sweet the way he did it! I just recently got married over the summer and did the big wedding thing! My blog was created to give wedding tips and more…follow my blog for some great ideas! I try to post daily and I am still getting it going! Hope you have the wedding of your dreams! ~Romantic Savy

  • Reply kaitlyn December 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    this is beautiful, congratulations.

  • Reply Lindsay December 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    What a wonderful year! I teared up just reading your post! Congratulations. The best is yet to come šŸ™‚

  • Reply Ann December 8, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Congrats! What a sweet way to propose! It's great that you got to capture it all šŸ™‚

  • Reply Tracy December 8, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Oh my gosh congrats! That is awesome news, and great pictures. Happy holidays to you!!!!!

  • Reply Diana December 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm


  • Reply Kelly December 9, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Congrats! You both look so happy! That is a beautiful ring!!

  • Reply Betsy Gluten Freedom December 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations! Marriage is so much fun.

  • Reply Natalie December 11, 2010 at 4:40 am

    CONGRATS! you look so excited in the pics, i love it!!! šŸ™‚ (i read this post several days ago but can't comment at work and finally remembered to return!!)

  • Reply Natalie C December 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Congrats on the engagement! Best of luck with the wedding plans. Fill us in on everything. I have 4 months to go and enjoying every minute of it. I know you will too!

  • Reply CupcakesOMG! December 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Madison, you're so right–nothing can really prepare you for your first year on your own. I've been out of school almmost 5 years and am still trying to figure out how to be an “adult”.

    I absolutely love this story though–congrats on the engagement.

    P.S. LOVE your manicure in this pic!!


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